1. Do you have a car? If so, what kind of car is it?
We have two cars. Kevin technically owns the 1998 Plymouth Voyager, but I drive it. We bought it after Dani was born when we realized we couldn't fit everything into the Protege, which was our good car then, and the bigger car (the Taurus SHO) was dying. Then just before Ryan was born we traded in the Protege for the car I technically own but Kevin drives which is our one year old Subaru Outback (her nickname is Dragon).
2. Do you drive very often?
A lot, yes. When we go on trips, Kevin usually drives, but I have no problems going on my own either, as long as I'm not trying to entertain kids and drive at the same time. I drive to Detroit (about 11 hrs) every year, and like to visit my parents (2.5 hrs).
3. What's your dream car?
To buy to drive practically? I want a nice little SUV. The model keeps changing. Currently its a Mazda Tribute, if they offer it with a stick and the good engine and a hybrid car. *grins* For a classic car, its a 1965 ragtop mustang. Yum!
4. Have you ever received a ticket?
*shakes head* Nope. On the other hand, Kevin has. In fact, just last weekend he was grumbling about how I don't and he does (after he well, did). I think its because despite my rather speedy driving habits at times, I'm also careful to avoid tickets.
5. Have you ever been in an accident?
More times than I'd like, but not big ones. I've been rearended in the van, about 4 years ago when it and the baby were both still brand new. $1000 damage for us, which insurance covered, and it crumpled the front end of the guy who hit me. He looked at his van, and at mine, and said that he'd be looking into the Voyager as a replacement since mine held up so well. *chuckles* I've also had two times people have walked out in front of me -- the scariest moments of my life. I've spun out on the on ramp to route 7 down in Troy and ended up facing in entirely the wrong direction across two lanes of traffic. I've been sideswiped while going 60 along free route 90 in NY. I think basically I've just been through periods of my life where my cars are trouble magnets. Thankfully, it seems to have passed (*knocks on wood*!).
1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?
I am over half Italian, the rest is mostly British, with some random elements thrown in.
2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?
Italy. Which I have now been to twice and absolute love it. I went the first time when I was 16 and a junior in high school (Latin club trip during April vacation). As we were riding on the bus from the airport to the first hotel, I really felt like I had somehow come home. And a few years back, when we were in Venice, I was really comfortable. There is something about it that calls to me there.
On the other hand, the one time I was in Britain I really loved that too. *smiles*
3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?
None of the above. I like traveling, and I like the places I came from. So there aren't really any disadvantages to visiting either that I can think of!
4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?
*shakes head* Not regularly, no. I think the closest I've ever come to a ritual was Dad walking across Cotton Mathers' grave in Boston because Cotton was the guy during the Salem witch trials who authorized the hanging of one of my ancestors (George Burroughs -- first man hung during the Salem witch trials).
5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?
From Britain? We came over on the Mayflower. Yes, seriously.
From Italy? I'm the third generation born here. I remember one of my maternal great grandmothers speaking Italian when I was a little girl. My memories of her are really vague, but I remember her being very much like the typical Italian grandma.
1. How long have you had a weblog?
May 27, 2002
2. What was your first post about?
So, it's been a day. I just rambled on about my day... baking cookies with Dani, parenting, the long weekend.
3. How many changes (name, location, etc.) of your weblog have there been, if more than one?
Same name all along for *this* blog, which is my main one. The Hall of Mirrors is my domain, my site, and ME. That part won't change, I don't think.
4. What CMS (content management system) do you use?
Now, MT. I started with Blogger, but Julia convinced me to try MT out and I just LOVE it.
5. Do you read people who have both a journal and a weblog? Or do you prefer to read people who have all of their writing in one central place?
There's a difference? *confused look* Um... I just read what seems interesting. Which reminds me, I need to update my sidebar. Maybe this weekend I can get to that.
1. Where were you born?
Just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
2. If you still live there, where would you rather move to? If you don't live there, do you want to move back? Why or why not?
I've been living in the capdist of NYS since 1986, when I came up here to go to college. I'd love to go back to Massachusetts. Partly because I'm close to my parents, and they are close to my kids. Partly because there are friends there (although that is balanced by friends here that I will miss horribly). And partly because my husband would like to move to Massachusetts eventually, since he was born here and thinks its time for a change. *smiles*
3. Where in the world do you feel the safest?
Um, that's a really good question for which I am not sure there is a good answer! I can't think of a place that just makes me feel inherently safe. A person, now, is something else entirely. Which makes curling up with my arm around my husband the best answer.
4. Do you feel you are well-traveled?
Oh yes. I've been to Italy twice, Britain, Canada multiple times. I love to travel, and enjoy going to conventions all over the place when I can manage to afford it. Luckily I grew up with parents who figured that if it were within an 8 hour drive we could get there in a day easily enough so why not go!
5. Where is the most interesting place you've been?
Mm, I've been too many cool places to make this one easy. There's Venice, which is just gorgeous and great exercise. And London and Glasgow, both of which were just fascinating and there was the Tower of London and all kinds of fun things. In the US I'm trying to think and again there are a lot of fun places. It makes it hard to choose!
From Friday Five...
1. Where are you right now?
Someplace I shouldn't be blogging, but I'm waiting for a server to reboot while I'm at work. *smiles* Was in the middle of working on a problem when the server decided to do its weekly scheduled reboot. Doh!
2. What have you lost recently?
My patience. My temper. My mind. On the more normal side, um... recently? I have no clue. I'm not the one who loses things in the family -- I'm the finder. I tend to notice things, so then later when I want to find them I can. Or my husband calls me and asks, "Did you see where 'X' was?" and I'll be like "oh yeah, on the top of the freezer in the mudroom." Its weird. On the other hand, I *did* just remember something. Can't find my Eyeore scrunchy. Its sitting somewhere in the house just under the edge of something, like a keyboard. *grumbles* I can see it in my mind's eye, but can't place the image properly. Hence, its currently lost.
3. What was the first CD you ever purchased? Does that embarrass you now?
Squeeze, and I can't remember the title, but it was the one that was out when I was in college -- say late 80s. Am I embarassed? No way... I still enjoy Squeeze. But then, I still enjoy most of my 80s music. Of course, I bought it when I didn't even own a CD player yet. *laughs*
4. What is your favorite kind of writing pen?
Currently, I prefer the gel pens. My trademark around the office is silver gel on dark stickies (black or dusky purple).
5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Hm, oddly enough, that's tough. I think chocolate peanut butter cup from Haagan Dazs is top, with Chocolate Almond Chip from Friendly's a close second. For stuff I actually don't feel guilty eating, the chocolate fudge bars from Skinny Cow are great!!!
Me jumping into another new fray for me...
When was the last time you...
1. ...sent a handwritten letter?
Gods, I can't remember!! I remember writing obsessively when I was a kid -- to friend from camp, to my friend's boyfriend (who became my pen pal). Notes to friends at school.
But with email, just about everything I do is online. And even then I'm not that great a correspondent.
Oh, wait... no, handwritten was specified. Christmas letters, which are typed, don't count, do they?
That means the answer is probably too long... its a lost art, I suppose. Although, given the response some people gave my handwritten letters (as in, unable to read them even when I *thought* I was being neat), maybe living online isn't such a bad idea!
2. ...baked something from scratch or made something by hand?
Oh, that one's easy -- I love to bake and cook, so its more a question of timing for me than anything. I baked cookies, both some with Danielle and some on my own, before her preschool graduation a week ago. Making things by hand not so recent -- I haven't made jewelry in a while. Although I *have* been gardening, does that count?
3. ...camped in a tent?Not recently enough! *laughs* Yes, there's a whole story there.
I grew up camping when I was littler, and less as I got older. When in college, I went camping with my friend CJ and her boyfriend. After that -- I never went. When I got together with Kevin, I tried to convince him to go camping with me. However, he was in the Army Reserves, so he didn't exactly see camping as a recreational activity. *smiles* But he's out now, and we're buying camping equipment with the intent of taking the kids out this summer. Yay!!
4. ...volunteered your time to church, school, or community?
I don't belong to church, and haven't donated to Dani's school yet. Not sure what would community, so I guess I don't really volunteer my time. I would, if something came up that fit with my belief structure, but nothing has.
5. ...helped a stranger?
*thoughtful frown* Um, not sure. When people ask directions, I answer. I let people know when they drop things. I'm not intrusive, and I'm not going to go out on a real limb (especially not with my kids along, like stopping by roadside to help -- that wouldn't work with the two little ones really). But I try to do what I can.